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Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 54 NV
Once again, Marietta has proven just how masterful a blend can be made and sold at a realistic price. This category is ignored by every high quality producer in California, yet Marietta has produced 20,000 cases of their non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 34, a blend of 65% Zinfandel, 30% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah. The current rendition of this typically Rhone-like effort reveals more Zinfandel characteristics in its briery, berry notes intermixed with touches of earth, spice, and pepper. It offers surprising elegance as well as pure fruit flavors unencumbered by oak or tannin. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.Add winemaker's notes
Four and a half glasses
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Once again, Marietta has proven just how masterful a blend can be made and sold at a realistic price. This category is ignored by every high quality producer in California, yet Marietta has produced 20,000 cases of their non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 34, a blend of 65% Zinfandel, 30% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah. The current rendition of this typically Rhone-like effort reveals more Zinfandel characteristics in its briery, berry notes intermixed with touches of earth, spice, and pepper. It offers surprising elegance as well as pure fruit flavors unencumbered by oak or tannin. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.
The popular Non Vintage Old Vine Red Lot #47 is another winner for consumers. A blend of primarily Zinfandel and a few other varietals, it exhibits a dark ruby color as well as copious aromas of berry fruit and spice, and excellent purity. It is a plush, bistro-styled red to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot #50 (the 50th incarnation of this cuvee) offers a dark ruby/purple color along with a big, peppery, spicy, fruit-laden bouquet, chewy, fleshy, meaty flavors, plenty of body, but no hard edges. It is the ideal bistro/brasserie/trattoria red for luscious drinking at a bargain basement price. This wine flies off retailers' shelves, so smart consumers take note.
Year after year one of the best wine bargains from California is Marietta's non-vintage concoction, this year called Lot # 44. This is one of those blends made from everything but the kitchen sink, including Carignan, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante, and numerous mixed black varietals. Satisfying as well as a fine value, Lot # 44 possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits, underbrush, and pepper. This medium-bodied, soft effort is more superficial than usual, but will offer tasty drinking over the next year.
One of California's iconic value wines, this old vine blend assembled by owner/winemaker Chris Bilbro is a combination of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The newest version, #49, is one of Bilbro's finest efforts to date. It boasts a deep plum/ruby color as well as a gorgeous nose of pepper, blackberries, black currants, roasted herbs, and forest floor. Full-bodied and dense with silky tannin as well as a lush texture, this is the quintessential bistro/brasserie/trattoria red to drink with gusto, exuberance, and joy. The price makes it an outright steal!
As for the newest release, the Lot #46 Old Vine Red (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah) comes across like a California Cotes du Rhone. It reveals leathery, peppery, slightly herbal, black cherry and currant fruit along with an excellent texture, forceful but well-balanced flavors, and lovely ripeness. Enjoy it over the next several years.
You need not pay attention to the lot number. I have tasted every one since the early teens, and the wine's uniformity is always something to behold. This offering has plenty of pepper, earth, and spice. Enjoy it with barbecue foods and pizza. It is puzzling why few California wineries try to emulate this great success story.
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